CFP: Home, Home on the Screen—And in the Cloud as Well (8/1/17; 11/1-5/17)

deadline for submissions: 
August 1, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Film & History
contact email: 



CFP: Home, Home on the Screen—And in the Cloud as Well

An area of multiple panels for the 2017 Film & History Conference:

Representing Home: The Real and Imagined Spaces of Belonging

November 1-November 5, 2017

The Milwaukee Hilton

Milwaukee, WI (USA)


EXTENDED DEADLINE for abstracts: August 1, 2017


Overall a quarter century ago, cultural and media historian Cecelia Tichi wrote The Electronic Hearth, exploring how the television had become the center of the American household, the new gathering place for families in their homes.  Today, with the proliferation of screens both large and small throughout homes, as well as with the complete portability of screens, the sense of a center, even a virtual one, no longer holds.  This radical de-centering of the image and those sharing it not only changes our understanding of how we represent ourselves to each other but also restructures our very sense of home itself.  The center is no longer in a place so much as in the nebulous environment of “the cloud.”  Conversely, in a culture given both to obsessive observation and equally obsessive fear of surveillance, the very sense of containment and security (of both space and relationships) is made problematic.  Does home exist, or is it no more substantial than the wallpaper on the homepage?


The Media Ecology Association invites papers on any issues regarding how modern and contemporary media representation have fundamentally altered our sense of home as both a place and a pattern of human relationships.  Some suggestions are listed below, but all ideas and explorations are welcome.


  • Where is home when all of my friends are on line?
  • How does constantly visualizing the living spaces of others extend or contract our individual sense of living space?
  • How does our use of Facebook, Snapchat, YouTube, and other forms self-representation and self-filming alter our sense of family, friendship, and community?
  • How is our tendency to view living spaces on small portable screens reshaped our sense of living space itself, perhaps even encouraging such trends as “micro-housing.”
  • Is home where the game is?  How do game environments of all kinds restructure our sense of physical space, movement, and relationships—the fundamental features of home?
  • Home theater and home as theater?  Increasingly, many Americans have extraordinarily powerful viewing technologies that turn their homes into personalized theaters.  At the same time, the use of self-representation through new media turns our living spaces themselves into film and theater sets.  How does this complex of factors impact what we think of as home?
  • The home you see, the home you live in—how do cinematic and other media representations of houses and homes, as well as of families, impact how we actually structure our living spaces and lives?


Proposals for complete panels (three related presentations) are also welcome, but they must include an abstract and contact information, including an e-mail address, for each presenter. For updates and registration information, see the Film & History website (


Please e-mail your 200-word proposal to the area chair:


Vincent Casaregola

St. Louis University